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Honor a great women in your life and help women currently experiencing homelessness

Women experiencing homelessness would give anything to:

  • Make coffee in their own kitchen
  • Do their own laundry
  • Sweep Cheerios from the floor
  • Plant tulips near their front door

At the Simpson Women’s Housing Partnership and Simpson Women’s Shelter, we work tirelessly to help homeless women find a safe and permanent place to call home.

If you contribute to these worthy programs by May 3, we’ll send this beautiful gift card to a great woman or mother of your choice, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Today, honor the dreams of all women and mothers for a safe place
to call home.

Go here for more details.

Kids at Valleyfair today

The kids from the Family Housing program are at Valleyfair today for an Attendance Reward outing. Anyone who had 95% or above attendance is out having a ball, and there are a lot of them.

Our Education Support Advocates dedicate their work to making sure that the kids in the program succeed in school, beginning with making sure they get to school. Volunteer tutors help the kids maintain their grade level in reading and monthly workshops help parents become involved in their education.

Last month the summer barbeque gave everyone a chanceto gather for fun and games. Take a look at the slideshow. It’s pretty fun.

Increases is the numbers we serve

For single adults in our shelters we have definitely seen an increase in numbers. The number at our weekly lottery has been steadily increasing. As of the end of the 3rd quarter we had served almost the same number of people in both our shelters as we had in all in 2007. The most significant things we have noticed about the population, is that some of the people we’ve helped move into housing are coming back after job losses. When the economy struggles, often the folks we serve are the first to lose their jobs, or have a harder time finding work. Also, our shelter director, Brian, says that he’s been seeing a lot more folks that are homeless for the first time ever coming to the lottery.

As far as families, we have seen a huge increase in shelter use in the past year. The number of families we turn away from our housing programs continues to vary between 50 and 70 families each week. We have experienced an increase in Native American and Latino families, and an increase in large families (families with more than 4 children). Initially we saw a lot of families who were renters whose landlords had lost their property to foreclosure thus making the family lose housing; however, lately we’ve had more families call who were homeowners that have been foreclosed upon.

Some facts about family homelessness

Did you know that in 1986 the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program grant for a family of 4 was $621/month and that Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment was $480? Today the same family qualifies for the same $621/month and the same apartment rents for more than $928.

A single parent with two children who makes $21,200 annually can afford to pay $530/month in rent without experiencing a housing–cost burden. There were two 2-bedroom vacancies in Hennepin County with a rent at or below $530 advertised between the months of April and June 2008.

Read the Star Tribune editorial: Counterpoint: Homeless kids at the Drake a symptom, not the disease

Homelessness is on the rise, especially in Minnesota

Fox 9 news reported last week that homelessness is on the rise, especially in Minnesota. Some interesting bits of information:

Fox 9 news story